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Those present at our commencement on 
May 10 were eye witnesses to history being 
made on Bryan hill. It was exciting to see 
Bryan make significant strides toward realizing 
Vision 2020 — what we desire Bryan to be in the 
year 2020. This was our largest class of undergradu- 
ates, it was our first class of graduate students 
receiving their Master's in Business Administration 
degrees, and we had the privilege of bestowing an 
honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Mr. 
Hi win D. Latimer of Lookout Mountain. Tenn. 

Paid Gutacker. the graduating senior chosen by 
his class to give the commencement address, 
charged his class to have a "weighty hope," to have 
a biblical understanding of what it means to live m 
a world of evil while pursuing that great hope that 
all of us as believers have. 

As I reflected on Paul's address, it was so evident 
that he and all of our students have had the privi- 
lege ot learning from our outstanding (acuity — men 
and women who understand a Christian world and 
life view — and have internalized the truths that 
emanate from scripture. 

I believe that our Lord is pleased as Bryan con- 
tinues to teach students to think critically and love 
compassionately within a framework of the ultimate 
authority of the Word of God. In a culture that 
exalts man's wisdom as the highest authority. God 

has called our students to engage that culture 
with His truth. 

I don't know of another college that so 
effectively gives to students the intellectual tools 
to understand our culture as well as prepares 
their hearts to see this world for whom Christ 
died. It is indeed a "weighty hope" that we 
believers have, and I am so encouraged that 
there is great future for our country and our 
world with Bryan graduates who are growing in 
their understanding of the mind of Christ and 
their desire to be His instruments to effect His 

May I encourage each of you alumni to 
return to campus soon and find out how you 
can be a part of the incredible opportunities 
God is unlocking for your college. As Philip said 
to Nathanael in John 1 :46, "Come and see" — see 
our powerful God at work on Bryan Hill, see 
the transformation taking place on our campus 
and in the minds and hearts of our students, 
come and see history in the making as Vision 
2o2(l is coming into tocus. 

Stephen D. Livesay. Ph.D 

Life 1 

Historic commencement 
celebrates a bright future 

A significant event - graduation — earned the 
'"historic" label in May as Bryan conferred its 
first graduate degrees, swarded diplomas to 

its largest graduating class, and saluted a long-time 
friend and trustee with an honorary doctorate. 

Along the way, there was a special reunion tor 
members of the ("lass of 1958, and a challenge to the 
Class of 2(M)<S to walk as memorials to Jesus Christ. 

Eleven members of the first cohort of graduate 
students received their Master's in Business 
Administration degrees. Bryan President Dr. Stephen 
D. Livesay commended them For their pioneering 
efforts in what is hoped will be a number of graduate 
programs developed over the coming years. Unlike 
the undergraduates. MBA candidates carried the 
hood of their degree to the platform, where program 
director Dr. Ray Smith ceremoniously draped it over 
their shoulders before they received their diplomas. 

Graduation weekend began with a dinner honor- 
ing the Class of I 058 on Friday. Class members gath- 
ered at Rhea House, the alumni center, and remi- 
nisced before enjoying a meal together in the library. 

Dr. Livesay told class members that while many 
of the trappings of Bryan College have changed, the 
heart remains unchanged with its commitment to the 
motto of "Christ Above All." "In this [current] gener 
ation of students we use a relational approach to spir- 
itual formation, a different approach than you had. 

because our children are different. It's the same mes- 
sage, but a different approach. We want to keep at the 
heart of the college Christ's command to love the 
Lord with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind." 

He told the group that the curriculum has a bib-^ 
Ileal foundation, "'not just Bible classes. It God is the ^^ 
Creator, learning more about His creation teaches us 
more about Him." 

On his way to the vespers service, he stopped by 
the dinner honoring MBA graduates. He congratulat- 
ed them on being the first Master's degree graduates 
for the college and urged them to use their degrees 
to make a positive difference tor the companies 
w here they work. 

The tr.ulitional vespers service, planned by the 
seniors on their senior trip, included a tribute to 
classmate Matt Wilhoite. who died in a traffic acci- 
dent early in their freshman year. 

David Ragland, '83, father of senior class 
President Caleb warned the graduates that 
the next 20 to 25 years will fiv by. ""I feel like I 
should be going through that [graduation] line." he 
said. '"You will be here where I am soon enough." 

Basing his remarks on Psalm 90, he challenged 
the class to "'live your life intentionally. I encourage 
you to intentionally invest m relationships with oth- ^. 
ers. Guard against an indulgent, self-centered 












Class sponsor Dr. Randy Hollingsworth, also 
father of graduate Taylor Hollingsworth. charged the 
graduates to be deliberate, delivered, and dedicated. 
He reminded them that the Children of Israel knew 
the priests had to put their feet in the Jordan River, 
"but they didn't know what God would do until they 
put their feet in the water. They did get delivered. 
^^^iat God said, He delivered." 

^^ The Israelites used stones from the middle of the 
river bed as a monument for future generations to 
remember God's deliverance. As he spoke, the four 
seniors who had served as class presidents, placed 
stones on Rudd's stage. "We look at those monu- 
ments in the Old Testament in the shadow of the 
cross. In I Peter, we read that God is building us as 
living stones into God's temple. The fact that you are 
a living stone means you have a delivered, deliberate, 
dedicated story to tell, as living stones to Christ." 

Dr. Livesay encouraged graduates to continue to 
support their classmates. Reading a news article 
about softball players who carried an injured oppo- 
nent around the bases after she had hit a home run 
but was unable to continue, he said, "As one of you 
falls, I hope your classmates will pick you up and 
carry you around the bases until you win the game 
of life. When you return for your 50th anniversary in 
2' '58, may it be said of you that you love the Lord 
■■ uh all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love 
^ i • .is vim do yourself." 

The reception honoring the Class of 2008 was 
moved from the President's home to the cafeteria 

because of rain, but the weather cleared in time for 
the graduation ceremony to be held on the Triangle 
Saturday morning. 

Before diplomas were distributed. Dr. Livesay 
conferred on Bryan trustee Erwin D. "Lat" Latimer 
an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. 
(Please see the related story.) 

Paul Gutacker, who delivered the graduation 
address, said his years at Bryan have helped him 
understand "how deeply broken the world is — how 
utterly ruined it is by evil. We need hope — not a 
good feeling, not a blind optimism, but something 
real to cling to — some promise that we can be con- 
vinced of. We are desperately looking for hope." 

Optimistic humanism, despair, and apathy — natu- 
ral responses to a broken world — fail as victorious 
responses because they inaccurately address the prob- 
lem of evil and the true nature of human beings. 

"What we need most, and what we cannot live 
without, is a hope that can be weighed against these 
things and found to be greater. Our weighty hope is 
based in both a historic event and a promised future. 
Behind us we see the cross, the foundation of our 
hope. An empty tomb proclaims that injustice cannot 
triumph, that death is utterly defeated, and that 
humanity can be redeemed and restored. 

"In front of us we see the promise of eternity 
and the realization of our hope. We see that life will 
be as it was meant to be — that even though our 
experience of evil is so big, in the scope of eternity 
it is actually small. The norm will be humans living 

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in joyful, intimate relationship with each other and 

Awards presented at the ceremony included the 
P. A. Boyd Prize to Paul Gutacker and Paige Ratzlaff, 
presented to the students "whose principles and char- 
acter have secured for them the highest degree of 
influence over their fellow students;" the Highest 
Scholastic Record Award to Regina Wade; the Aspire 
Research Award to Bambi Howard: the Most Progress 
Award to Manoel Silva; and the Faithfulness and 
Loyalty Award to Jessica Hundley. 

Academic Vice President Dr. Cal White also pre- 
sented a Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Marcy 
Froemke, who has resigned her faculty position at the 
end of this year. 

In all, the college awarded I 1 Master of Business 
Administration degrees. 54 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 
and 91 Bachelor of Science degrees. Adding the 89 
undergraduate degrees awarded in December 2007, 
the 234 undergraduate degrees since the May 2007 
commencement is the largest number awarded in 
Bryan's history. 






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(Above) Members qj the Class of 1958, who returned for their Golden 

Anniversary reunion, include, from left, David Watson, Lloyd Dow, Dean 
Franklin, Paul Yates, Lester Don; JoAmi (Hclwig) Fisher, Don Williamson, 
Mary (Graydon) Dow, Lewis Sdioettle, Evelyn (Patterson) Brown, Tom Fisher, 
Barbara (Hidden Deck, and Dick Franklin. 

(Top Right): Paul (jiitackcr delivered the 2008 commencement address. 
(Bottom Right): Graduates Paige Ratzlaff and Paul Gutacker received the PA. 
Boyd Awards. The tWO had an eventful summer, as they were married just a Jew 
weeks after graduation and are now Mr. and Mrs. Paul Guttacker. 

Latimer honored with doctorate 






rw m 1 ). '"" Latimer 
joined .in exclusive group 
during graduation this year 
when Bryan President Dr. Stephen 
I). Livesa) conferred on him the 
honorary Doctor of Humane 
Letters degree. 

More than 20 family members 
joined Mr. Latimer and his wife, 
I me, for the special recognition 
and lunch following the service. 

Mr. Latimer, a trustee since 
1992, is an enthusiastic booster for 
the college. "I don't know of any- 
one who loves this college more 
than Lat." Dr. Livesay said. "More 
than anyone I know, he models 
what it means to give everything 
that you have with every ounce of 
energy to promote a school such 
as Bryan- Everywhere he goes, he 
recruits new students for Bryan. 
He proudly wears our Bryan 
College lapel pin. and lets every- 
one know that Bryan, as our 
namesake William Jennings Bryan 
said so well, is 'a college that puts 
Christ first' and strives to live In- 
ns motto of Christ Above All." 

He pointed out that since Mr. 
Latimer joined the board ot 
trustees, he has seised as interim 
head cil' the advancement depart- 
ment, financially supported con- 
struction of the student center 

Dr. Erwin D. Latimer holds the certificate honoring him as a Doctor of 
Humane Leilas. Next to him is his wife Lane, and members of his family 

proudly look on. 

named in his honor several years 
ago, and has been a friend and 
mentor to Dr. Livesay and others 
in the college community. "His 
smiling face and infectious laugh- 
ter brightens our day and lifts the 
load of all who are part of the 
Bryan community." 

Mr. Latimer responded that "1 
love Bryan College, and have for 
years and years and years. I have 
enjoyed serving on the Bryan 
College board. The leadership and 
friendship of (former President) 
Bill Brown and Stephen Lives. iv 
have meant a lot to me and to 

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Wilma Harrow leaves 
a legacy of kindness 

Wilma Harrow was an 
ambassador for Bryan 
while she lived, and her 
support for the college continues 
since she has gone to be with the 

Her son, Roy Harrow, a 197(1 
Bryan graduate, said he believes her 
decision to include Bryan in her will 
came from a love for the college and 
.in appreciation for both the mission 
of the college and the way it handles 
its resources. 

"'She must have seen something 
working in the business office and 
with the teachers and students that 
made her believe Bryan is one of the 
more dependable places to give the 
gifts she gave to the college," he said. 
Mrs. Harrow and her family first 
learned of Bryan when Roy was a 
child. As the Harrow family was liv- 
ing in Germany, where her husband 
was stationed with the Air Force. 
Roy listed Bryan as one of his choic- 
es to receive his college entrance test 
scores. He was accepted, and when 
his father was sent to a new duty sta- 
tion Mrs. Harrow moved to Dayton 
temporarily. "She didn't know any- 
one, but very early on was enfolded 
into the Bryan family." 

The family's experience in 
Dayton was so positive that when 
Mr. Harrow retired from the Air 

Force they bought a farm on Dayton 
Mountain. They became members of 
Ogden Baptist Church on Walden's 
Ridge, and Mrs. Harrow eventually 
went to work in the Bryan business 
office and later worked in the col- 
lege library. 

Alan Winkler, '60, who taught at 
Bryan and preached at Ogden Baptist 
for many years, said. "She always 
brought news to the church about 
Bryan, who the speakers were, what 
special events were coming. She was 
very faithful about making our peo- 
ple aware of what they could take 
advantage of at Bryan. The people up 
there really loved her." 

Roy Harrow remembered that 
his mother was particularly fond of 
the ministry of the Bryan Women's 
Auxiliary. "She loved to bake, cook, 
and can. She loved making birthday 
cakes for Bryan students from out of 
town. She enjoyed surprising kids 
who didn't expect anything like 

Laura Kaufmann,'87, former 
library director, remembers Mrs. 
Harrow's love for students as a com- 
pelling reason for her staying on as a 
volunteer after her retirement. "She 
was always cheerful, her presence was 
a blessing to the students and staff. 
She loved the students and loved to 
be a part of their lives." 

One of the reasons she went to 
work is that "she always liked to stay 
busy," Roy Harrow said. "She was 
very magnanimous in her outlook, 
trying to help people. She didn't 
think she had much money, but she 
was always willing to help with giv- 
ing her time." 

Under terms of Mrs. Harrow's 
will, her gift will be used to endow a 
scholarship to help deserving stu- 
dents attend Bryan. 

Jim Barth. Bryan's director of 
planned giving, said Mrs. Harrow let 
college officials know she had made 
a bequest to the college in her will, 
but had executed the will independ- 
ently of college assistance. "We are 
grateful for friends of the college 
who express their support in lasting 
ways such as Mrs. Harrow did," he 
said. "We have resources that can 
help individuals prepare their estate 
plans and wills. Armed with the 
additional information they can take 
the information to their financial 
and legal advisors as Mrs. Harrow 

For more information about will 
or estate planning, contact Mr. Barth 
at 1-800-552-7926, by email at, or visit 



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Bryan announces new theatre major 

Theatre has become Bryan's newest — and 
18th — major following action by the facul- 
ty. Academic Vice President Dr. Cal White 
has announced. 

Formerly an option in the communication stud- 
ies major, students will be able to receive a B.A. 
degree in theatre, a move major director Mr. Bernie 
Belisle expects to aid in recruiting and more care- 
fully define expectations. 

Students will take between 24 and 30 credit 
hours of theatre-related courses, along with three 
core classes in the communication studies depart- 
ment for their major. "We won't require an otl-cam- 

pus internship because the experience majors will 
get in our productions is plenty." Mr. Belisle 

Mr. Belisle said an undergraduate degree in 
theatre will provide some opportunities for gradu- 
ates to break into the professional ranks and to gain 
admission to graduate programs. The major also will 
provide carrv-over skills valuable for other fields. 

"The number one skill employers want is people- 
skills." he siid. "Because this is a field where dealing 
with people is critical, our graduates should have 
skills that will benefit them in any field of employ- 

Teacher licensure option added 
to computer science program 

Bryan College will offer a new teacher licen- 
sure option in computer science beginning 
this fall. Mr. Earl Reed, director of the 
Computer Science program, has announced. 

The program will offer state-approved teaching 
credentials in addition to a degree in computer sci- 
ence in a program requiring a total of 132 hours. 

Students will take 32 hours of computer science 
classes. 29 hours of education courses and one math 
class beyond the general education requirements. 

""This program will put us ahead of the curve," 
Mr. Reed said. "In doing our research for the pro- 
gram we found only a handful of schools offering 
licensure m computer science." 


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Student teaching 
goes international 

For most Bryan student teachers, an "interna- 
tional experience" means they have a child 
from .1 foreign country in their classroom. 
For Christy Noel, it meant flying to Dar es Salaam, 
Tanzania, to teach a class that sounds like the make- 
up of the United Nations. 

Christy is one of the first Bryan students to ful- 
fill part of their student teaching requirement over- 
seas, according to education professor Dr. Steve 
DeGeorge. Since she lived in a large city, adjust- 
ment was fairly simple. Professionally, she said, 
"Teaching in the international classroom is not 
much different than teaching in the States." 

The biggest adjustment was to the slower pace 
of life, which made it "challenging to not spend a 
lot of time thinking about returning home and 
things such as graduating and getting married." 

Remodeling projects completed 

Three remodeling projects were completed in Renovations to the dining hall and kitchen, and 

time for the college to welcome hundreds changing rooms in Huston Hall to house three stu- 

of guests for summer conferences. Vice dents instead of two will have long-range value for 
President of Operations Tim Hostetler said. 

Christy's class was made up of students from 
Tanzania, missionary kids, and other internationals. 
"I love teaching in a class with this much diversity. 
It makes it so much fun as I learn from the students 
about their different cultures." 

Dr. DeGeorge said this and placements in an 
inner-city school in New Jersey are designed to 
"expand offerings to students and to better meet 
the mission of Bryan College." 

students as well. "The renovations to the residence 
hall will give us 14 more beds," Mr. Hostetler said. 
"That's critical for enrollment increases." 

In the cafeteria, work done in May will allow 
Pioneer Food Services to implement new meal 
preparation and menu plans and to speed the serv- 
ing time. 

In Mercer Hall, a face-lift and slight office 
reconfiguration in the Admissions Department will 
provide a more welcoming appearance to prospec- 
tive students and their families and allow for better 

work flow. 

Mr. Hostetler said using the campus during the 
summer is a stewardship issue as well as a recruit- 
ing tool. "It has to do with putting our facilities to 
the best of their use as well as letting teens know 
who we are and what we are here for," he said. 
For two weeks, church groups will rent the cam- 
pus, then, early in July, Summit will open its two 
two-week leadership conferences. 


Athletes receive honors, break records 

The following student athletes 
recently received honors: 

Women's Basketball 

Katie Davis: 

First Team AU-AAC. AAC All- 
Academic Team. NCCAA 
MidEast Region Co-Player of 
the Year, First Team NCCAA, 
All-American, Scored 1,000th 
point of career 
Wendy Vork: 
AAC All-Academic Team 
Becca Morris: 
AAC All-Freshman Team 
Jessica Southern: Honorable 
Mention All-MidEast Region 

Courtney Swanson: 
NCCAA All-MidEast Region 
Second Team 
Amber Smith: 
NCCAA All-MidEast Region 
Second Team, AAC All-Academic 

Kaylin Carswell: 
AAC All-Academic Team 


Michael Kent, Brad Starnes, 
Jeremiah Peters: 

AAC Honorable Mention All- 
Conference Team 
Michael Kent, Jonathan 
Brown, Daniel Zimmerman, 
Matt Hicks, Ben Young, and 
Gabe Keen: 

AAC Academic All-Conference 

Indoor Track 

Josh Bradley(800 Meter Run), 
Zach Mobley (800 Meter 
Run), Daniel Goetz (Mile 

NAIA All-American 

Josh Bradley, Hunter Hall, 
Daniel Goetz, and Zach 
Mobley won the NCCAA 
4x800 meter relay championship 

Daniel Goetz (3000 meter 
run), Zach Mobley (800 

meter run), and Josh Bradley 
(800 meter run): 
NCCAA All-American 
At the Appalachian Athletic 
Conference Meet, the men fin- 
ished in third place. Daniel 
Goetz won the 3k steeplechase 
and Zach Mobley won the 800 
meter run. All-Conference team 
members include Daniel Goetz, 
Zach Mobley, Hunter Hall, 
Colby Smith, Drew Nunnelly, 
Josh Bradley, and the 4x400 
team of Mobley, Nunnelly, 
Smith, and Bradley. 

At the NAIA Outdoor national 
championships, Josh Bradley 
became the first Bryan College 
track athlete to be named a two- 
time NAIA All-American with 
his 5th-place finish in the 800 
meter run. 

During the indoor and outdoor 
season Bryan set 1 1 school 

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Mr. Jim Barth attended the 
Christian Stewardship Association 
conference in Albuquerque, N.M.. 
Jan. 30-Feb. 2. He also attended 
the Gift Legacy Internet 
Marketing seminal in Washington, 
D.C., where he received the 
Bronze Award for the Bryan 
College GiftI egacy website and 
weekly eNewsletter. The award 
recognized Bryan's GiftLegacj 
web site as being among the top 2 
percent of page views in 2007 
among more than 5.01)0 develop- 
ment websites. 

Mrs. Tracey Bridwell, Mrs. 
Janice Pendergrass ami Ms. 
Paulakay Ricketts attended the 
annual conference ot the Council 
for Advancement and Support of 
Education in Atlanta, Ga., in 
February. Mrs. Pendergrass also 
attended the Southern 
Millennium Users Group confer- 
ence at Centre College in 
Danville. Ky.. in March. 

Mrs. Valerie Castlen attended 
the College and University Mail 
Services Association conference 
March 3'1-April 3, in Rome, Ga. 

Dr. Scott Jones and Mr. Stefon 
Gray attended the National 
Institute for Technology and 
Liberal Education workshop 

"Introduction to Teaching with 
Technology in Liberal Education." 

Dr. Doug Kennard and other 
Biblical Studies faculty members 
attended the regional meeting ot 
the Evangelical Theological 
Society and Evangelical 
Philosophical Society in 
Memphis, Tenn., in March. He 
presented papers for both ETS 
and EPS. Student Mark Baker 
submitted his senior thesis, which 
was chosen as one of the top 
three student papers submitted. 

Dr. Jeff Myers spoke in New 
Jersey and New York, and partici- 
pated in a meeting of political and 
social leaders with the Council 
tor National Policy in New 
Orleans, La., in March. In May he 
spoke to Christian school and 
home school groups in Nashville, 
Tenn., Orlando, Fla., McDonough, 
Ga., and Winston Salem, N.C. 

Dr. Michele Pascucci success- 
fully defended her dissertation, 
"'Between Mexico and Asia: Image 
and Poetry in the Work of Jose 
Juan Tablada," on May 12, and was 
awarded the Ph.D. degree in 
Spanish from the University of 
Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain. 

Mr. Scott Smith presented a 

paper to the 39th annual 
Conference on African Linguistics 
on "Language Development in 
Equatoria) Guinea." 

Dr. Roger Sanders and Dr. 
Todd Wood had their peer 
review paper, "Toward a Practical 
Theology of Peer Review," posted 
on the Answers Research Journal 

Dr. Ray Smith was elected 
chairman of the board of Lumiere 
Medical Ministries, a ministry 
headquartered in Gastonia, N.C. 
He traveled to the Czech 
Republic in February and March 
to teach at Mendel University and 
at a NATO air force base. 

Dr. Mel Wilhoit sang in per- 
formances of Brahm's "Requiem" 
with the Chattanooga Symphony 
Opera and Chorus in March. In 
April he sang with the 
Chattanooga Bach Choir in its 
spring concerts in Cleveland and 
Chattanooga. He also presented a 
paper, "R.E. Winsett Music 
Company: A Case Study in Ma 
and Pa Publishing," at the Middle 
Tennessee State University's con- 
ference "Farther Along: Southern 
Gospel Singing Convention 
Music" in April. 



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I have been sitting in this chair for 
about Nix months now, and have taken 
a few moments to reflect on I 
have witnessed and heard over that time. 

First, I went back 30 years to my time 
as a student. "Christ Above All'* was our 
motto then. In the classroom, even before 
we knew what a biblical worldview was, 
we were getting an education from a bib- 
lical worldview perspective. All our activi- 
ties, our chapels, our classes were guided 
by chat ideal. 

Were all decisions handled with that 
in mind? For the most part, yes. I have 
heard of Stories where grace was left out- 
side, and hearts were broken, spirits were 
quashed. Nevertheless, we pressed on. At 
the end of our time here, we were begin- 
ning to understand the motto, and put 
into practice, no matter what. "Christ 
Above All." 

More recently. I have reconnected 
with many old friends, and made some 
new ones. I asked myself, what was their 
lit'.- motto? Did they remember the Bryan 
College motto? 





Greg Cromartie, '80, faced almost certain death from 
Kurdish guerrillas on Mt. Ararat looking for the Ark.What 
was his motto when facing a loaded gun? "Christ Above All." 

What about Debi Howies Newman. '83, writing books and 
maintaining a website to encourage women., "Christ Above All." 
1 heard from an alum who went through a painful 
divorce. At the end of it she was able to proclaim "Christ 
Above All." 

My wife and 1 spent a week with Matt, '83, and Chrissie, 
'86, Landes in Dallas. From the front row at a Dallas Mavericks 
basketball game, to hosting a senior prom party for their very 
talented son. to late-night conversations about life. I learned 
that God has blessed them immeasurably because, yes. they 
live "Christ Above All." 

More than 60 percent of Bryan alums find then life part- 
ner here. Do you know how blessed you are? You were able to 
find someone with the same values, same life goals, same 
motto, "Christ Above All." You were able to grow together, to 
share together, to learn together what it means. "Christ Above 

What I discovered watching my fellow alums is that 
although Bryan College has for its motto "Christ Above All." 
our alumni population by and large has adopted it .is ,i, my friends, is a priceless my 
friends, is what binds us together after all these years. 

Please pull up a chair and join me at the table of fellow- 
ship at Bryan College. What's your story? What's YOUR 

In His Grace, 

David Tromanhauser, '80 

Director of Alumni Relations 


Class Representative 
1971: Maye Hayes Jcpson 

Dr. Steve DeGeorge, Dr. Marq 
I roemke, and Dr. Ken Froemke 

FROEMKE, '72. was honored by 
the liryan education department 
with a farewell reception this 
spring as she has announced her 
retirement as associate professor of 
education. During commence- 
ment, she also was presented a 
distinguished service award. 

JACK RODDY, '75 became 

director of missions for the 
Watauga Association of Baptists in 
Northeast Tennessee in September 
201)7. This new ministry follows a 
22-year pastorate at Siam Baptist 
Church in Elizabethton. Jack's 
'79. works as a teaching assistant 
in the Elizabethton City School 
system, and also enjoys leading 
and teaching in Sunday school 
and Church Training clinics in 

association churches. Jack is a 13- 
year cancer survivor; both are 
involved in Relay For Life. They 
reside in Johnson City, and have 
two grown sons, Peter and 

been in Honduras for nine years. 
She has started a children's home 
for mountain children and a 
school for poor children in the 
area of Siguatepeque. Her website 
is She 
said her school needs teachers, and 
encouraged Bryan grads to contact 
her through her website if they are 
interested in serving in a mission 
school. "Thanks for all the great 
things that Bryan did for me. God 
really met me there and prepared 
me for the wonderful life 1 have 
here in Honduras now." 


Class Representatives 
1980: Tom Branson 
1984: Paulakay Franks 
1985: Steve Stewart 
1986: Gina Lyles Hays 
1987: Laura Kaufmann 
1988: Brett Roes 
1989: Gretchen Mann Sanders 

DAVE, '81, and KATHY (DAY) 
CLASSEN, '82, write that their 
family took a mission trip to 
Thailand in March, part of their 

plans for a brief sabbatical Dave is 
taking this year from his ministry 
responsibilities. They visited mis- 
sionary friends and let their 
daughter see a mission school 
where she has considered teach- 

MATT, '83. and CHRISSIE 
(WOOD), '86x. LANDES live in 
Dallas, Texas. Matt is chief execu- 
tive officer of Lobo Tortilla Co. 
and last year was named to the 
board of directors of the Tortilla 
Industry Association. Chrissie stays 
busy in community activities. 
They have a daughter Lauren. 21, 
and a son Austin, 18. ^ 


both '84, serve with Wycliffe 
Bible Translators in Papua New 
Guinea, where Jerry has developed 
a "Portable Audio Recording Kit," 
or PARK, to help translators 
record Scripture and music in 
their villages. PARK is a solid- 
state digital recorder that can run 
on batteries for use in remote 
areas. They report the device has 
been well-received by translators. 

SHAWN WOLF, '86. has been 
named president of Wright 
Manufacturing Co., a leader in 
commercial lawn maintenance 
lie hnology based in Frederick, ^^ 

Md. Shawn was chief operating 
officer for. eight years before being 
named president Feb. I . 

c 1990sij 

Class Representative 

1991: Debbie MacNab Gegerson 

BRETT KIK. 91x. lives in 
Madisonville. Ky., with his wife, 
( lucii. and four children. Hannah. 
Abby, Jett, and Bob. He is co- 
owner and managing member of 
Charbon Contracting in 


'92, received her Master of 
Library Science degree from the 
University of North Carolina- 
Chapel Hill December 16.2007. 
She now works as a children's 
librarian at Southgate Library in 
Raleigh, N.C., part of the Wake 
County, N.C.. public library sys- 

MICHAEL, '93x. and JULIA 

announce the birth of their 
daughter, Addison Christine, on 
Feb. 18. Addison weighed 7 lbs., 4 
oz., and was 21 1/2 inches long. 
She joins big brother Daniel and 
big sisters Megan and Emma. The 
Colloms family lives in Cleveland, 

DANNY, "94. 
and HEIDI 
r '97x. COLPO 

announce the 

birth of their >e Colpo 

son, Giacobbe, on Feb. 16. 
Giacobbe. pronounced "ja'cobbe," 
was 9 lb., 1 oz.. and 20 1/2 inches 

ALAN, '94x. and TAMI 



birth of their first 



son. Hudson 



Alan, on Feb. 19. 



The Barths have 



| lived in 


Michigan City, 

i ^ 

Ind., since their 

marriage in 
Barch Familj August. 2004. Tami 
is a clinical psy- 
chologist working at Samaritan 
Center and also in private prac- 
tice, and Alan works with a private 
engineering firm. 

DEREK, '95, and Julie 

BOLLINGER announce the 


of their 



Rose, in 

China dur-| 

ing the 


Christmas Bollingei Family 

season. Cherish was a year old 

when she became part of the 

Bollinger family. The Bollingers 

live in Jacksonville, Fla. 

RICKY VELARDE, '96, is a 

clinical psychologist working in 
assisted living facilities in Florida. 
He earned his doctorate in 2002, 
and worked as a clinical psycholo- 
gist in Nebraska until moving to 
Florida to be near his family. 


and Luciano Goicochea, Jr. were 
married March I 4. The 
Goicocheas live in Lawrenceville, 

JEFF PAULSON, '97. lead litera- 
cy instructor and third-grade 
teacher at Thrasher Elementary 
School in Chattanooga, Tenn., was 
chosen elementary school teacher 
of the year in Hamilton County 
in March. 


named February's Builder of the 
Month by the Home Builder's 
Association of Southeast Tennessee 
in Chattanooga, the local chapter 
of the National Association of 
Home Builders (NAHB). Jeremy is 
a licensed residential and small 
commercial general contractor and 
owner of Toliver Construction 
Enterprises, LLC, in Day ton. He 
serves on the board of directors of 
the NAHBR, the remodeling side 
of NAHB. One of his downtown 
Dayton projects won the 
Downtown Dayton Merchants 
Association Beautification award. 
TCE also recently completed a 
historic renovation of the Spring 
City Railroad Depot, circa 1910. 
Jeremy and his wife. ALANA 
(YEDERLINIC), '98. and their 
sons Nathan. 5: Caleb. 3; and Levi, 
almost 1, live in Dayton. 

MANDY (WILLS), '98, and Joel 
the birth of their second child. 
Lucy Joy, on Oct. I. 2007. Lucy 
weighed 6 lbs., 15 oz., and was 19 
inches long. She joins big brother 

Tyler, 2. The Herpolsheimer fami- 
ly lives in Grand Rapids. Mich., 
where Mandy is a stay-at-home 
mom and Joel is a design manager 
for a tool and die business. 


Class Representatives 
2001: Elizabeth Miller 
2002: Jonathan Mobley 
2003: Matt Lowe 
2004: Taylor Smith 
2005: Barton Stone 
2006: Rob Palmer 

Kayla and Sophie Kalenza 

announce the birth of their sec- 
ond daughter. Sophia "Sophie" 
Marie, on July 19. 2007. Sophie 
weighed 8 lbs., 8 oz. and was 20 
inches long. She joins big sister 
K.iyla. 4. The Kalenza family 
recently moved to Fort Mill, S.C. 
Jennifer enjoys being a stay-at- 
home mom and Rusty is a vice 
president/project manager for 
Bank of America in Charlotte. 

JOHN, 'Olx. and SUSAN 
(BAKER), '01, OTT announce 
the birth 
of then- 

2007. Jude weighed ') lbs,. 2 oz.. 
and was 20 1/2 inches long. He 
joins big brothers Liam. 5, and 
Aidan, 2. The Otts live in 
Bethlehem. Pa., where John is a 
logistics assistant and warehouse 
supervisor for Nestle Purina and 
Susan stays at home full-time. 

IV, '02. and KATIE (BUT- 
TRAM), '03, SMITH announce 

the birth of 
their daughter, 
Diana "Lottie." 
on Feb. I 4. 
Lottie weighed 
8 lbs., 1 oz. 
She joins lug 
brothers King. 
4: and Duke. 2. 

Louie Smith 

Jude i )n 


and ANNA 



both '02, 
'announce the 
40 ' birth of their 

^L jflflsecond daughter. 

Anon and Llla Ella Carru '- ou 
Urquhart Dec. 11.2007. 

Ella weighed 8 lbs.. 9 oz. She joins 

big sister Afton Reay, 2. 

KRISTI (LESTMANN), '02. and 
Adam DYER announce the birth 
of their second daughter. Holly 
Rae, on Oct. 19.2007. She joins 
big sister Caden. 3. The Dyer fam- 
ily lives in Dayton, Term., where 
Kristi is a stay-at-home mom and 
Adam is working as a system 
administrator for Chattanooga 
Group in Chattanooga, Term. 

( adc 

ul H..IK I 

EMILY SMITH, '03x. graduated 
from the Regent University School 
of Law m May 2006. and practices 
with the firm MrRat-. Stegall. 
I'eek. Harnian, Smith and 
Maiming, LLP in Rome. C'.a. She 
also is on the board of directors ot 
TeenPact Leadership Schools, .i 
non-profit ministry. 

TIM, '04x, and REBEKAH 

announce the birth ot their son, 
Elijah Ray. on Dec. 2(>. 2007. 
Elijah weighed 8 lbs.. 1 oz.. and ^\ 
was 2o 1/4 inches long. The Long^^p 
family lives in Chattanooga. Tenn. 

JULIE MILLER, '05x, received 

■ her Doctor of 
I Jurisprudence 
I degree from the 
^ University of 
Tennessee College 
[of Law in May. 
She served as 
president of the 
I Child Law 
Society this p.isr 
year. She plans to take the Florida 
bar examination in July, and to 
work as an assistant district attor- 
ney in Miami. 

HEIDI IMMEL, '07. and Dan i 

Schumaker were married July 28. 

Julie Miller 

16 Christ above ;> 1 1 

I inn and Heidi 

2(107. in Charlotte, N.C.The 
Schumakers live in Grandville. 

RACHEL PALMER, '03, were 
married Feb. 23. in Birmingham. 
Ala. The Baileses live in 

GREG, '05, and JUNE (CRAB- 
TREE), '91, DIXON announce 
^^ | ^^^^ the birth of 

their chil- 
Clarice, and 
n Jana Lee. on 
Feb. 7. Kendal weighed 5 lbs.. 3 
oz., and was 18 1/2 inches long. 
Jana weighed 4 lbs., 7 oz., and was 
17 inches long. The Dixon family 
lives in Graham, N.C. 

With the 



Rev. THOMAS INMAN, '49x. 

of Colorado Springs, Colo., died 
ec. 2d. 2007. He is survived by 
his wite. Geneva Inman, and four 


'51x, died March 28. She is sur- 
vived by her husband, Lamar 
Gardner, of Fremont, Ohio. 

BONNIE PRATT, '58. of St. 

Paul. Minn., died Jan. 18. 

Word has been received that Dr. 
Earl Williamson, a faculty member 
in the late l L J40s and early 1950s, 
died in 2005. He is survived by his 
wife. HELEN (GOW) 

/// the Spring edition of Bryan Life 
ire inadvertently misidentified several 
children of the late Robert Murphey, 
'SO. His wife, Ruth Currie 
Murphey,'51x; and children, Katlty 
Farney, '71; Tim Murphey, '73x; 
Coleen McKeehan, '78; and Rob 
Murphey, '83, arc all Bryan alumni. 
We apologize for the error. 

Send Lion Tracks Info To: 
Lion Tracks 
Bryan College 
P.O. Box 7000 
Dayton. TN 37321 


Boston, MA 

Officer: David Starbuck, '03 

Charlotte, NC 

Officer: James Arnette, '90 

Dayton, OH 

Jackie Perseghetti, '82 

Dayton, TN 

Being organized 

Kansas City, MO 

Officer: TabithaMoe, '00 


Officer: Miguel Ayllon, '04 

Nashville, TN 

Officers: Mark Robbins, '80 

Mary Pierce Ewing, '75 

Orlando, FL 

Officer: Lewis Alderman. '86 

Philadelphia, PA 

Officer: Abby Miller, "03 

Phoenix, AZ 

Being organized 

Richmond, VA 

Officers: John Corcoran, '68 
Barry Gilman, '69 

Washington, DC 

Officer: Lisanne Boling, '03 

Alumni Council: 
Ginny Schatz, '54 
Bud Schatz, '56 
Faith Heitzer, '69 
Joe Runyon, '79 
Tom Branson, '80 
Ed Fickley, '89 
Barton Stone, 05x. 

For more information, contact the 
Alumni Office by entail at or by phone at 


Drive the 

T>ride of Bryan" 

Nearly 80 years ago the first Bryan students drove - or walked - up Bryan Drive to the new Bryan College 
campus. That same street, with several more layers of asphalt, still serves as the main entrance to a campus that is 
"newer" than it was in 1935. 

Almost five years ago the college completed the permit process to build a new entrance, began acquiring the 
necessary property, and developed plans for the project. 

Now it's time to build! 

Already Bryan has spent some $750,000 to reach this point. Construction 
will cost approximately $1 million. 

lumni ai ing "lets do it." 

One alum, out of a deep love for the college and the Christ-centered education 

it provides, has offered a challenge grant 
of $50,000 to encourage other alumni to 
give to help make the new entrance a 
reality. The "Pride of Bryan New 
Entrance Project" is another way alumni 
can contribute toward the new entrance. 
Alumni Director David Tromanhauser 
has located noble, elegant concrete 
sculptured lions which will be placed 
along the half-mile entranceway. Already 
16 class representatives have agreed to 
work to raise $25,000 each to "buy" a lion, 
which will be identified as a gift from those 
classes. When 40 classes have made that 
commitment, the project will be fully funded. 

Present entrance to the college along 
Bryan Drive 

Lions will he 3 '•- (eel tall. 4 ! ':■ leet 
long,andweigh6QQlbs.They will be con- 
creted into the ground, with a plaque 

hoi tor 1 1 ig the donor ehis>, 

For more information and to help make the new entrance a reality, contact 
David Tromanhauser at 423-775-7308 or by email at davidtfSbryan. eclu. 






Students participate in summer 
internships around the world 

Erin Grayson 

Summer job" is caking on .1 
whole new meaning for many 
Bryan students .in they spend 
■ nine between spring and fall 
mesters in a variety of internships, 
feting requirements for their 

ees and maybe even being paid. 
Internships range from the diplo- 
^fcrfic (Jonathan Barnett is working 
the Stale Department in the 
imas) to the festive (Nathan 
ne is working for the Riverbend 
val in Chattanooga, Tenn.) to 
uy-centered (IS students are 
king in six countries around the 
rid in mission-focused jobs). 
"Internships supplement the 
ationaJ experience gamed in the 
ssroom by giving students hands- 
experience," Academic Vice 

lent Dr. Cal White said. -This is 
jable for them later as they inter- 
Forjobs after graduation, and it 
ts the college by gaining and 
ititaining meaningful connections 
organizations in this area and in 
parts of the country and 

•ne ot the more high-profile 
ternships belongs to rising senior 
nathan Harnett, a politics and gov- 

ernment major, who will spend near- 
ly three months at the American 
embassy in Nassau. Bahamas. "My job 
will include reading and answering 
cables, researching specific projects, 
taking notes at official meetings and 
escorting dignitaries." he said. 

Dr. Ron l'etitte, Jonathan's major 
professor, said the selection process is 
"very objective. Unlike some politi- 
cal internships the selection does not 
rest i)n who you know." Jonathan 
competed with students from across 
the country, and was selected as an 
alternate candidate, which meant he 
has to pay for travel and meals. Dr. 
l'etitte said the Schnabel Foundation 
provided a grant to cover meals, and 
the Bryan Center for International 
Leadership provided travel funds. 

On the other end of the spec- 
trum. Nathan Home, who graduated 
in May. is completing an internship 
that began in February with the 2Sth 
annual Riverbend Festival in 
Chattanooga. The corporate commu- 
nications major, who plans to study 
advertising and public relations m 
graduate school this fill, said his 
internship "encouraged me in the 
fact that I learned hands-on practical 

stuff at Bryan professionally and spir- 
itually. It's encouraging to know my 
education prepared me tor the 
internship and the internship con- 
firmed what 1 was learning in the 

His responsibilities have included 
creating and delivering press releases 
about the festival and entertainers, 
working on the program guide, 
meeting with media representatives, 
and brainstorming with the promo- 
1 ions staff on advertisements. 

Mr. Matt Benson, ilean of spiri- 
tual formation, said \ti students are 

Nathan Home 

Bryan life It) 

involved in missions-related 
internships in Rwanda, China. 
Slovakia, Vienna, and India. Like 
the spring Break for Change and 
fall Applied Missions trips, these 
students "are doing missions activ- 
ities related to their vocational 
interest. But the internships offer a 
much deeper experience in the 
(foreign) culture. They are in their 
internships long enough to get 
tired of it, but with a mentor to 
help them deal with that. They are 
finding that they are the same per- 
son there as they are here, finding 
some things they like, some things 
they don't. 

"The goal is to help give them 
an idea of what a missions lifestyle 
looks like, so they are aware of 
global needs even if they don't 
become vocational missionaries. If 
they pick up a passion for missions 
and how to live that passion for 
the needs ot the world, 1 love 

Erin Grayson, a junior com- 
munication studies major horn 
Maryville. Tenn.. found an intern- 
ship that fills requirements for 
both her major and the honors 
program. "I'm going to be work- 
ing with Anita Bickford with the 
Summer Institute of Linguistics 
school in Grand Forks, N.D.," she 
said. "Ms. Bickford helped compile 
the phonetics text book we used 
this semester" in a class for her 
linguistics minor. 

'The first project I'll be work- 
ing on is to take all the sounds 
that have been found common to 
all languages of the world and put- 
ting them together in a sound 
chart. People will be able to use 
that as a studv aid on video or on 

the Internet. I'll tape (Ms. 
Bickford) saying the sounds. 
I learned some ot them in 
linguistics, but I know I'll 
pick up more and get them 
down better hearing her 
repeat them." 

If time permits, she 
will help rebuild a comput- 
er program for teaching and 
testing tones by inputting 

Mary Clauson, a senior mathe- 
matics major from Warren, Mich.. 
has an internship combined with a 
math class at Oakland University 
in Rochester, Mich. "It's called a 
Research Experience for 
Undergraduates," Mary explained. 
"I'm taking a four-week class on 
scientific visualization using a 
computer and working with a 
mentor on a research project for 
eight weeks. We're learning how to 
create computer graphics in the 
Mathmatica program, demonstrat- 
ing data graphically on a comput- 
er." Her research project involves 
studying the spread of a disease in 
South America and how to control 
that spread. 

Emily Ricketts, a senior from 
Dayton, Tenn., will begin her 
internship in August at Disney 
World in Florida, something of a 
dream come true for the commu- 
nication studies-theatre emphasis 

"It has been a dream of mine 
for many, many years to go to 
work for Disney," Emily said. 
"When I found out they have a 
program where you can get col- 
lege credit while you work, I real- 
ly wanted to do it. I decided to 
audition and I got the role of 

Mary Clauson 

Mickey Mouse. It was essentially a 
dance audition with a little bit of 
acting. I didn't get called back for 
a second dance audition, so I 
thought I wouldn't get anything. 
But they offered me the character 
role. 1 think my height helped 
because Mickey Mouse is 4 feet. H 
inches to 5 feet." 

While specific job instructions 
will come when she reports in 
August, she said as Mickey Mouse . 
she will be dropping into stores ^^ 
and restaurants, participating in 
the theme park's parades, signing 
autographs, and having her picture 
made with guests. 

Emily, Nathan, and Jonathan 
share the distinction ot being 
"firsts" for Bryan interns. Emily is 
the first Bryan student to land a 
position as a character at Disney 
World, although Kathryn Rawley 
interned with Disney in another 
capacity several years ago. Nathan 
is the first to intern at Riverbend, 
and Jonathan is the first to intern 
with the Department of State. 

While internships are required 
in many majors, Nathan has dis- 
covered an even more basic reason 
for the program: "I encourage any- 
body to try an internship in their . 
field to see if it fits." 

20 Christ above 

honor and memor 






"You are the light of the world. A city on .1 hill cannot be hidden... 
^^^^0 Let your light shine before men. that they may see your good deed-. ^ JS l^J 

received from 

( h.ules and Theda Thomas 
Charles and Theda Thomas 
Charles and Theda Thomas 
Charles and Theda Thomas 
Charlotte Jensen 
Dr. and Mrs. David McCallie 
Everett and Onalee Gannon 
Everett and Onalee Gannon 
Jack and Karin Traylor 
James Anderson 
S.Thomas and Carol Cecil 
Serge Yurovsky 
Stephen and Corinne Livesay 
Vance and Connie Berger 
Winnie Davev 

and pi iise yout Father m heaven." 
Matthew 5:14. 16 

in memory of 

A. Gurney Owens 
Christine Poorman 

Joann Martin 
Dr. Irving Jensen 

Dr.Judson Kudd 
Dr. Theodore Mercer 

Harriet Anderson 
Joyce Argo 

Doris Reichert 
Anne Zensen 
Gertrude Bradshaw 

in honor of 

Paul and Lauralee Boling 

Dr. Erwin Latimer 

Tom and Mary Frances Carlson 
Dr. John Anderson 

Janice Pendergrass 

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Special thanks to Bryan 
^^^j^^^^ simian Hilary Tul I berg for 
/«$ ^k movidiug ilic cover plwio for 

1 M the spring edition of Bryan 

^^J Lite (above). Tullberg, a senior 

4 majoring in communication 

studies, has a intent jor 
^ Y\ capturing the beauty oj the 

Bryan College campus with 
striking images of its /lowers and landscaping (left 
ami below). She has also contributed several photos 
of the 2008 commencement ceremony on pages 2 
and 4 inside, lb see more of her photos, visit: 



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